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World’s Best Young Cellists to Compete in Warsaw
January 4, 2018   
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More than sixty young cellists from all over the world will compete in the 11th Witold Lutosławski International Cello Competition to be held January 30 – February 10, 2018 in Warsaw. The competition will officially open with an inaugural concert at Warsaw's Philharmonic Concert Hall on January 29, 2018.

Named after the Polish composer Witold Lutosławski, the competition aims to establish international connections between young cellists and cello professors through competitions. With an emphasis on a balanced musical talent, candidates are to interpret repertoires of a wide stylistic range, from works of early periods to that of contemporary times.

The Lutosławski Cello Competition is the only instrumental competition in the world aimed specifically at young people. By imposing an age limit of 24, it provides the opportunity for aspiring young cellists to make the first steps to a successful career.

Candidates entering the final round are to perform Lutosławski’s concerto works with Warsaw Philharmonic Orchestra. Apart from the winners, awards will be assigned to the best performance of various repertoires. Atop all, the Grand Prix may be granted to the best interpreter of Lutosławski’s concerto upon jury’s decision.

This year's competition will be judged by an international panel of nine adjudicators under the leadership of master cellist Kazimierz Michalik.

The competition's finalists will join the National Philharmonic Orchestra for a final concert on February 10, 2018. Laureates of the competition will be announced on the same day.

Organized every two years by the Foundation for the Promotion of Young Cellists, the competition has also been a part of The World Federation of International Music Competitions since February 2000, and from December of the same year it has been a member of the European Union of Music Competitions for Youth.
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